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About Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

Join me for this webinar at 15:00 ET on February 25, 2021 - "Death and the Brain — Time to Re-Examine the Legal Definition of Death."The 50th anniversary of the concept of brain death came and went in 2018, but brain death continues to be a source of p...

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Join me for this webinar at 15:00 ET on February 25, 2021 - "Death and the Brain — Time to Re-Examine the Legal Definition of Death."The 50th anniversary of the concept of brain death came and went in 2018, but brain death continues to be a source of p...

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The Veterans Health Administration published a notice in this week's Federal Register to reauthorize its advance directive and surrogate decision maker forms. The agency is not making any material changes to these forms. But two facts jump out fro...

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Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman, a key legislator behind enactment of the California End of Life Options Act in 2015, has introduced a bill (S.B. 380) that would amend a range of provisions in the statute. These include the following. Sunset:...

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A decade ago, states were considering expanding the ability of clinicians and hospitals to withhold or withdraw treatment deemed medically inappropriate. Today, the trend is in the opposite direction. Following states like Oklahoma and Idaho, the West ...

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Join me on March 24-25, 2021, for "Making Progress on Death: Towards an Updated Normative Framework." Register here.Over 50 years after its inception, the Neurological Standard for Declaration of Death (NSDD) remains a subject of criticisms and challen...

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Yolonda Yvette Wilson discusses the role that race played in the Jahi McMath case. She recently presented "Death, Pandemic, and Intersectionality: What the Failures in an End-of-Life Case Can Teach About Structural Justice and COVID-19" for the Univers...

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Compassion & Choices Action Network today praised Massachusetts lawmakers for reintroducing the End of Life Options Act (SD 801/HD 1456) and urged the Legislature to pass the popular bill to prevent any more terminally ill residents from needlessly...

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A new bar association to serve attorneys practicing in the emerging area related to psychedelic substances has been launched.The Psychedelic Bar Association, the first bar association specifically focused on psychedelics, will provide educational event...

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Happy 30th anniversary to Derek Humphry's Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying.First published in 1991, the book has been enormously successful (and here). The "suicide manual" describes ways f...

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